Community OR Network
The network was set up in 1987, as part of the Community O.R. initiative, in response to a growing interest in the ways in which O.R. skills can be used to help community groups. The aim of the Network is to facilitate the practice of community O.R., and so to learn how we may provide effective help to community groups, which are in many ways different from O.R.’s more "traditional" clients. The network’s main activity is to enable community O.R. clients to contact O.R. practitioners willing to provide help on a voluntary basis. To do this, we maintain a register of members and their particular interests and experience, and regularly circulate news of any clients seeking help .Recent projects carried out under the auspices of the Network include:
- a market research survey on behalf of a community centre on a large housing estate;
- help with installing computers in a volunteer bureau; and
- a systems study of the logistics of a large public event organised by a pressure group.
The Network meets informally four or five times a year, to exchange progress reports of current work and to discuss general issues arising from projects successfully completed.
Community OR Network email discussion list
- To enable members to share information, experiences and ideas about working with voluntary and community sector groups
- To enable members working with voluntary and community sector groups to support each other
- To distribute information about potential clients, funders and employers
The success of the list depends upon its members.
Do contribute if you can!
The list is operated with the support of the OR Society, but is open to anyone with an interest in empowering voluntary and community sector groups. We have the full information on how to join the list and how to use the list available under Contact.